Feb 102017
 
Get Ready For “Good Grief”

L-R: (top row) cast members Carla Renata, Wade Allain-Marcus, Marcus Henderson and Mark Jude Sullivan; (bottom row) playwright/cast member Ngozi Anyanwu, director Patricia McGregor and cast member Omoz Idehenre at the first rehearsal for “Good Grief.” The world premiere of “Good Grief” plays February 26 through March 26, 2017, at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. For tickets and information, please visit CenterTheatreGroup.org or call (213) 628-2772.
Photo by Craig Schwartz. All Uses © 2017 Craig Schwartz

CASTING IS COMPLETE AND REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN FOR “GOOD GRIEF”

AT CENTER THEATRE GROUP’S KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE

The World Premiere by Ngozi Anyanwu Will Play February 26th Through March 26th 2017

 

Casting is complete and rehearsals have begun for Ngozi Anyanwu’s new play “Good Grief” at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre. Directed by Patricia McGregor, Anyanwu will also perform in “Good Grief” for its world premiere at the Douglas, which begins previews February 26, opens March 5 and closes March 26, 2017. This is the first of Anyanwu’s plays to receive a full professional production.

The cast features, in alphabetical order, Dayo Ade, Wade Allain-Marcus, Ngozi Anyanwu, Marcus Henderson, Omozé Idehenre, Carla Renata and Mark Jude Sullivan. Scenic design is by Stephanie Kerley Schwartz, costume design is by Karen Perry, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Adam Phalen, and Kathryn Bostic is composer. Casting is by Meg Fister and Anne L. Hitt is the production stage manager.

“Good Grief” follows Nkechi (played by Anyanwu), a good Nigerian-American girl frozen in her own coming-of-age story. When tragedy strikes on an unplanned break from college, she retreats into her childhood home and reexamines the many steps she’s taken on the way to adulthood, from first crush, to missed connections, to the struggles of being a first-generation girl blending in to her suburban Pennsylvania reality.

 

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Jan 132017
 

“ZOOT SUIT” CASTING IS COMPLETE AND REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN

 

“ZOOT SUIT” CASTING IS COMPLETE AND REHEARSALS HAVE BEGUN

Center Theatre Group’s “Zoot Suit” Plays at the Taper January 31 – March 12, 2017

 

Casting for Center Theatre Group’s production of “Zoot Suit” is now complete and rehearsals have begun for this legendary play with music. “Zoot Suit” begins previews January 31, opens February 12 and continues through March 12, 2017, at the Mark Taper Forum. Written and directed by Luis Valdez, “Zoot Suit” is presented in association with El Teatro Campesino.

In addition to the previously announced Demian Bichir, Jeanine Mason, Rose Portillo, Daniel Valdez and Jeremy Ray Valdez, the cast now also includes (in alphabetical order), Brian Abraham, Mariela Arteaga, Melinna Bobadilla, Oscar Camacho, Stephani Candelaria, Raul Cardona, Fiona Cheung, Tiffany Dupont, Caleb Foote, Holly Hyman, Kimberlee Kidd, Rocío López, Tom G. McMahon, Andres Ortiz, Michael Naydoe Pinedo, Matias Ponce, Gilbert Saldivar, Richard Steinmetz, Evan Strand, Bradford Tatum and Raphael Thomas.

Choreography for “Zoot Suit” is by Maria Torres, the production includes songs composed by Lalo Guerrero, the music director is Daniel Valdez, casting is by Rosalinda Morales, Pauline O’con, CSA, and Candido Cornejo, Jr., CSA. Scenic design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design is by Ann Closs-Farley, lighting design is by Pablo Santiago, sound design is by Philip G. Allen and projection design is by David Murakami. The associate director is Kinan Valdez and the production stage manager is David S. Franklin.

 

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